Case Keenum Has The Respect Of The Bucs’ Offensive Coordinator

March 9th, 2023

Bucs killer Case Keenum.

The Bucs are looking to sign two free agent veteran quarterbacks to challenge Kyle Trask for the starting job.

Perhaps, during his recent visit to the Ira Kaufman Podcast, Bucs new playcaller Dave Canales offered a clue to who that quarterback may be.

Joe asked Canales about a quarterback improving accuracy at the NFL level and whether it can be taught. Canales said it’s more about quality practice rather than teaching, which leads to improved. accuracy

He cited Jalen Hurts improving accuracy each season and noted how he watched Russell Wilson enter the NFL with deep-ball throwing being a bit of a deficiency before when he became one of the most accurate deep ball throwers in the game.

Then Canales rolled into name-dropping, including name-dropping of two veteran free agent quarterbacks.

“One of the most attractive things about [Washington quarterback] Sam Howell last year, as I did the [pre-draft] evaluation, is he was the most accurate quarterback in the class,” Canales said. “He would throw guys open; they didn’t have to break stride. He had just a knack. It’s like right at the end of the throw and [accurate quarterbacks] do something with their wrist to correct it — to just put it in the exact spot, not just kind of in the vicinity. Because there are a lot of “vicinity-passers,” is what I call them. … You know, where I think that guys separate themselves with accuracy, I think of guys like Chase Daniel being able to play as long as he has — accuracy. Case Keenum, accuracy. You know, on and on and on, the guys who are able to play 10 years plus are the accurate passers who can throw on time. Decision, timing and accuracy, that’s the way we say it.”

Daniel, 36, and Keenum, 35, are pending free agents. Joe has no interest in Daniel, but Keenum certainly is intriguing. He’s kind of like Ryan Fitzpatrick without the beard and a ton of interceptions, plus a better winning percentage (29-35) and completion rate (62.3 percent).

He was with Buffalo last season, and Bucs fans certainly (and sadly) have seen Keenum perform well in Tampa. He’s a got a 4-0 record against the Bucs.

Again, Joe is not excited by the crop of free agent quarterbacks, merely sharing that there’s a couple out there that have the respect of the new offensive coordinator/QB guru.

Don’t overlook Keenum, who earned about $6 million last season and might come cheaper in 2023.

33 Responses to “Case Keenum Has The Respect Of The Bucs’ Offensive Coordinator”

  1. Tony1775 Says:

    What is next Jameis Winston coming back.

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    We should pay no more than $4 mil combined for the two QBs……
    Perhaps cheaper if we can draft one of them.

    We just don’t have the money……and don’t give me that BS about cap tricks and voided years and restructures……we’ve done all of that several times and the bill has come due

  3. Marine Buc Says:

    Hey – what’s going on here Joe?

    Two realistic QB posts in a row?

    What happened to Lamar Jackson and Aaron Rodgers?


  4. Winny Testaverde Says:

    Just In Case Keenum…one of several QB’s who the Bucs made look All-World ( Rams at the time ). He sounds about right to battle The Trask Force for the rights to QB a 5-12 team

  5. Mike Johnson Says:

    The way things are shaping up guys, Make sure you have plenty of libations before each Buc game. You are gonna need to be snockered to dull the pain of De Feat.

  6. Mike Johnson Says:

    Somebody here mentioned bringing back Jameis. But guess what? He is better than any Buc QB on our current roster. Don’t laugh out loud just yet. Because its true.

  7. Mike Johnson Says:

    Somebody here mentioned bringing back Jameis Winston. But guess what? He is better than any Buc QB on our current roster. Don’t laugh out loud just yet. Because its true.

  8. KC Buc Says:

    My perfect, somewhat realistic world scenario would be Matt Ryan & Taylor Heinicke. I like Ryan for the mentorship and veteran guidance. Heinicke I think can genuinely compete for the job and there’s just something about him that teammates rally behind. I think he’s worth taking a lottery ticket on and seeing if maybe the rest of the Washington Football Team’s roster was holding him back some. I refuse to call them that cheese-whiz commanders name…

    Keenum would be fine but I think we all know his ceiling at this point in his career. Still gives me heartburn thinking about those 4 games smacking our arse around…

  9. uhmmm Says:

    If the Bucs bring back Jameis they’ll go 8-9 again with lesser talent.

  10. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Case Keenum would be perfect and he is already a bucs demolisher, Case did great when he had weapons in Minny; bring Case or Baker in for a run at the title

  11. SB~LV Says:

    Blah blah blah…. All coaching success comes from having better talent at EVERY level in every sport.

  12. SteveK Says:

    Mike Johnson,

    Jameis is more “talented” than most QBs, but I argue he is like the baseball pitcher with 95+mph stuff, but a 6.00 ERA. I think he’s gifted but not good. I’d rather roll with Trask and another vet to compete.

  13. Mr. Editor Says:

    Yes, Mr. Licht must be reading my posts. Winny is correct! My suggestion is to sign all of the QBs who, when playing the Bucs, look like All Pro, All World Hall of Famers. Next on the list will be Paxton Lynch. You might even hire Derek Anderson as offensive quality control coach. At least, we could prevent someone else from signing Case Keenum to a one week contract to beat the Bucs.

  14. Jeff’s grandpa Says:

    What’s next Andy dalton and the Bucs or has that already been written

  15. Hodad Says:

    Bowles loves the guy, and he’s been a positive to the community, meet your vet QB Blaine Gabbert. Why get anyone else? Look what the Canales system did for Geno, why not Gabbert? Gabbert, Trask, a late round pick this year, and a UDFA as camp fodder is what we’re likely looking at. Maybe they do Gabbert, Trask, Lock, and a late round pick. Expect something like that. Nothing more.

  16. Redeemer Says:

    Are you serious with this stuff Joe? Case keenum? We don’t need a 35 year journeyman who’s played for 7 teams. IMO, they should just anoint Trask. Not because I think he’s the guy, but to boost his confidence and to find out what you have. Give the kid the reigns. Let him succeed or fail. We aren’t winning the superbowl anyway. I’m interested to see if he learned anything from Brady.

  17. Dooley Says:


  18. gotbbucs Says:

    Keenum is a realistic option.

    Anybody waiting for them to bring in a veteran QB that they actual want to beat out Trask is going to be sorely disappointed. The only real competition that Trask could potentially face is if they happen to draft a QB in the first half of this draft. Beyond that, he’s going to have to look terrible in the offseason and in camp to not start the season as the #1.

  19. 80forBrady Says:

    A matured Jameis playing in a run oriented offense might be the best option.
    Others to look at Trey Lance (would require a trade), Jordan Love (would require a trade with GB and he might not be available if Rodgets goes elsewhere )Carson Wentz, Jacoby Brissett, Gardner Minshew, Nick Foles and Teddy Bridgewater.

    My top 3 of the group Foles, Minshew and Lance in that order.

  20. Redeemer Says:

    I’m starting to think this will be less of a competition and more a coronation. Licht needs to justify the pick. He’ll get every opportunity to win the job, regardless of who they bring in.

  21. Goatfarmer Says:

    We could do a lot worse than Case Keenum.

  22. 1sparkybuc Says:

    Winston would pay the Bucs for the chance. Would that count as a negative against the cap?

  23. Goatfarmer Says:

    Whoever the veteran QBs are that finally sign up for the Bloweszo shipwreck, they will be the last pigs at the trough. No one wants to play for Baldy the Clown. Scrape the bottom of the lint out of the list and that’s who #2’s competition will be.

    Of course they’ll both beat him out and the Rudy Carpenter comparisons can ramp up.

  24. steele Says:

    Keenum, Rudolph…line up every one of them,and watch Rah Rah Canales or Bowles or some other “source” praise them for some reason or another. They’re all great, right? Matt Leinert, Matt Barkley…loved them, didn’t ya.

    These “realistic options” are workable level NFL average types, journeymen, nothing more. Landing anything better requires some creativity and a lot of luck and timing.

    In the end, all that matters is what Todd Bowles wants. He absolutely loves Blaine Gabbert. Canales may get a vote to bring in another tinker toy, and nobody knows what the new system will be. I doubt any classic pocket QB will be considered, because it is far easier to get a mobility guy to run for his life rather than built a great OL. But Bowles will decide the face of the franchise on his watch. Trask will get his audition, but it’s already stacked against him.

  25. Mike C Says:

    Nice Sparkybuc!

  26. Darin Says:

    Heck yeah if keenum comes here he will light up that D! The Bucs D in practice

  27. Ben Harvey Says:

    Kick rocks Case!!!

  28. Cobraboy Says:

    “realistic” = “cheap.”

    More cap hangover.

    It will get worse.

  29. Cobraboy Says:

    Just like the more money I have, the more the womyn think I’m handsome, funny, and charming; the more talented a roster, the more effective the public thinks the coach is.

  30. Cobraboy Says:

    If the Bucs are really shooting for a top 1st round QB in the 2024 draft, I believe they should sign America’s Turnover Machine.

    Slam dunk.

  31. firethecannons Says:

    Hendon Hooker in the second round and Keenum to compete backup Trask and Hooker. I’m good with that. 1st round get a left tackle

  32. Rod Munch Says:

    Yesterday I was trying to come up with the list of the most boring, uninteresting, dull QB candidates available … and I blew it. I said Joe Flacco, which would be a really really boring selection. But Case Keenum, that’s an even more boring choice. This is exactly up Todd Bowles alley!

  33. Rod Munch Says:

    uhmmm Says:
    March 9th, 2023 at 11:12 am
    If the Bucs bring back Jameis they’ll go 8-9 again with lesser talent.


    I don’t know, the defense will be really really awful this year. But the much bigger deal is the new offense, all Bowles want is a boring game manager to hand off the ball to the RB to run up the middle on every down (not just first down like with Leftwich). Putting a gunslinger into an offence where the coach wants a very very very boring QB that doesn’t lose games (or win them), that’s not a good fit for Winston. Also, even with as much as I loved Winston, he’s had some health issues since dropping weight and keeps getting hurt. If I signed Winston I’d demand he blimp back up to at least 250 so he can get hit more than one or twice in a game without being out for the season.